Computers and technology, like Mother Goose’s girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead, earn mixed reviews.
When the girl was good she was very, very good, but when she was bad, she was horrid. When computers and technology do what they are supposed to do, when they are supposed to do it, they are very good. But when they don’t, they are really, really horrid.
Is this whole computer/technological obsession really of value, or is it just good hype and P.R.?
Think about it.
*How much of your life is spent getting up to speed on the latest version of whatever techno-toy you’re playing with – computer, i-phone, i-pad? Those are just today’s toys. Yesterday’s included CD players, DVD players, and i-pods. There’s a whole new batch of techno-toys coming down the shoot tomorrow, all of which have learning curves.
*When it comes to saving stuff generated on computers, etc., are you good about backing up, updating, and upgrading regularly? If yes, how much time does it take? If no, how much time and energy do you invest trying to salvage what you lost?
*Do you switch all your media from one form to another in time, or do you get distracted by life and suddenly find yourself with cassettes you can’t convert to CDs and videos you can no longer convert to DVD?
Is Windows 7 really better than XP? Is Word 2010 really easier to use than Word 2007 or 2003? Does Apple really need all those big cats to run its machines?
Is there a place for you in this techno-world if you don’t need (or want) techno bells and whistles, just the ability to push a button or two to have a machine do your bidding?
Lots of questions. Few answers. For today, the new software is loaded. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out which buttons to push. And, if that doesn’t work, there’s always pen and paper.